Liz Montegary


I received my Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis in Cultural Studies and my M.A. from Rutgers University in Women’s and Gender Studies. My research interests include feminist and queer theory, transnational American studies, LGBT activism and queer politics, histories of travel and tourism, the militarization of everyday life, and mobility, dis/ability, and the body.

I am currently working on my book manuscript, tentatively titled Queer Mobilizations: The Transnational Circuits of U.S. Lesbian and Gay Politics. This project traces the history of lesbian and gay travel during the 20th century in order to illustrate how global networks of exchange shape lesbian and gay activism in the U.S. Specifically, I focus on modes of travel linked to campaigns against “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” development projects advancing LGBT human rights, and calls for marriage and family equality. Placing feminist and queer theory in conversation with mobility studies, I examine the militarized relations of power at play within travel practices to illuminate the transnational dimensions of U.S. sexual politics and to consider the limits and possibilities of U.S. lesbian and gay activism today.

I have also begun initial work on a second book-length project that examines the U.S. fitness industry with the aim of understanding how militarized technologies of power target the movements of bodies at the cellular level. This project builds on my ongoing interest in mobilities and militarization, but shifts the focus from large-scale travel patterns to bodily motions and processes. Drawing on my experience working as a personal trainer and teaching queer-friendly fitness classes, I analyze the gendered, sexualized, and racialized dimensions of fitness culture in relation to practices of war and empire.



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